Condo Intersection

Bad feng shui

Would you ever want to live here? These condos are right at the I-395 terminus at New York Avenue in DC.

Right where a few thousand cars a day would drive by, or worse, idle. All that exhaust, heat, car tire soot.

I know I would not. And I know from experience. I used to live on 16th Street.

It was convenient. Yet noisy, dusty, and dirty. Nothing like the clean tranquility of Petworth.

But someone will buy one, someone will live here. Will that someone be you?

10 Comments so far

  1. Chris L (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    Thats the Yale Steam Laundry Condos.

    That whole area will look different 10 years from now. DDOT is looking to reconfigure New York Avenue from the 395 entrence all the way to the new ATF building at the intersection with Florida Ave.

    Also, the city is selling the air rights about the 395 tunnel enterence, so in a few years, that giant gash in the city will have a deck above it with condos above that, vastly improving the feel of that intersection All indicators point to the fact that Mt Vernon Triangle will be a very desirable neighborhood. You just need to read all the literature on the upcoming projects, and have a bit of imagination.

    So the question you should be asking yourself isn’t “How could anyone want to live there now?”, but “If I bought a condo there now, how much will it be worth once the surrounding area catches up?”


  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    Ten years is a long time to wait, especially for those of us who have some money but are transient, only here for a few years before having to sell a condo in a crappy area.

    No thanks. Condos are essentially apartments that you own. Who wants that?

  3. Justin Y (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Condos are not essentially apartments that you own, they ARE apartments that you own. Who wants that? Um…EVERYONE who’s making a home in the city…

  4. sten in logan (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

    such vitriol….

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

    Justin, not everyone wants to own an apartment.

  6. Wayan (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

    Apartments or not, 10 years is a long-ass time to wait while you breathe exhaust and have 395 as your front stoop.

    So Chris, the Q you should be asking yourself is why you’re defending this apartment block so hard.

    You selling them or buying there?

  7. youguyssuck (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 1:42 am

    How on earth can you ask the question “Who wants a condo?”? That has to be one of the single most moronic things I have heard on this page in…well in a couple weeks at least. From what I can tell there are LOTS of people who do want them. Why the heck are they still building them if they didn’t think people would move into them? Plenty of people want to own something without all the work that goes into a house, i mean, you dont have to shovel snow or mow a lawn if you have a condo. Lots of older citizens like the condo life as well as they don’t have the ability to maintain a house. Go back to your A/V lab guys, your observations suck.

  8. Wayan (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 9:09 am


    Sad to hear someone peed in your Wheaties this morning, but it wasn’t us. Maybe you didn’t notice, but in the glut of condos on the market, the original question was not “To condo or not to condo” but “Why _this_ condo?”

  9. youguyssuck (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    yea, like there’s no glut of houses for sale in petworth either…oh, maybe THATS why you can afford to live there.

  10. Chris L (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    Actually Wayan, not buying or selling. I’m a poor urban planning grad student, and won’t be buying anything in this city anytime soon I’m afraid.

    And if by “defending this apartment block so hard”, you mean “having a different opinion than your own”, then you are absolutely correct.

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